The Fieldbus Foundation Southern Africa Marketing Committee (FFSAMC) announced its new committee and forthcoming events schedule at the recent FFSAMC Annual General Meeting held at ABB's Johannesburg facility on 18 January, 2011.
Gary Friend, MTL/Extech, formerly vice-chairman and training/technical representative, replaces Paulo de Sousa Gomes, Honeywell, as chairman. Derrick Mulligan, Weidmüller/Phambili Interface, takes over as vice-chairman. Greg Christison, Smar/Allpronix, takes over the marketing role, and Rodney Englund, Endress+Hauser, and Mornay Beck, STC-SA, take responsibility for the training/technical function. Rob Burns, Pepperl+Fuchs/P+F Products, takes the new post of Fieldbus Foundation end user group liaison and Brandon Topham, Turck/RET Automation Controls, and Hennie Blignaut, Endress+Hauser, continue as treasurer and secretary respectively.
Marc Van Pelt, Fieldbus Foundation vice-president - EMEA, welcomed the new incumbents to the committee. "Since its launch in 2007, the FFSAMC has continued to play a significant part in the promotion of Foundation technology in the Southern Africa region through its participation in exhibitions, roadshows and end user seminars." He continued, "I would like to thank Paulo de Sousa Gomes and the other out-going officers for their commitment over the last few years and I look forward to working with the new committee and supporting their extensive plans over the years to come".
A strong presence in local exhibitions and roadshows is an integral part of the FFSAMC's marketing plans. Having participated in both the 2009 and 2010 series of CONTROL roadshows across South Africa, the committee has announced its continued participation throughout the 2011 series. These dedicated control measurement and instrumentation exhibitions broadly focus around automation in industry and will be held at the following locations during 2011.
Feb 3: Bellville Civic Centre, Cape Town
March 17: Durban Light Infantry Hall, Durban
June 7: Wanderers Club, Windhoek
June 9: Civic Centre, Walvis Bay
July 21: Sasol Club, Secunda
August 18: ETC Training Centre, Port Elizabeth
October 20: Quest Conference Centre, Vanderbilpark
More information is available from Debbie Scott
and registration via www.whatsnewinprocessing.co.za/
The FFSAMC has also confirmed its plans to exhibit at the biennial Process Expo 2011 to be held at the NASREC expo centre (Hall 5), Johannesburg, from May 17-19, 2011. With its 18m² stand and use of live demonstration systems for its Foundation technology training sessions, the FFSAMC aims to show prospective end users the functionality and ease of use of Foundation technology and demonstrate the extensive range of Foundation systems, devices and services available.
Process 2011 will offer a complete overview of the world of automation by showcasing solutions enabling the control, regulation and automation of processes and operations. In addition to the focus on process automation, instrumentation and control, there will be a strong emphasis on education and training at the 2011 show including a program of presentations at dedicated training rooms adjoining the main exhibition area. The daily program will include live demonstrations of Foundation technology using the newly commissioned, working demonstration systems. These Foundation technology demonstrations/training sessions will be taken by a representative of STC-SA (Pty) Ltd., the Johannesburg-based training centre affiliated to STC Brielle, the Netherlands-based training centre certified by the Fieldbus Foundation under the Foundation certified training program (FCTP).
FFSAMC Sponsors of the Fieldbus Foundation stand at Process 2011 include: ABB, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, MTL/Extech, Pepperl+Fuchs/P+F Products, Samson/Samson Controls, Smar/Allpronix, STC-SA, Turck/RET Automation Controls, Weidmüller/Phambili Interface and Yokogawa.
In addition to its exhibition schedule, the FFSAMC and STC-SA have announced the first formal Foundation fieldbus training opportunities in Southern Africa for 2011. A five day, Foundation Fieldbus Certified Technical Specialist training course will be offered at the STC-SA facility in Johannesburg from 30 May-3 June; 6-10 June and 13-17 June, subject to demand. For more information about STC-SA email
. To register for the courses, email Hlengiwe Sibeko.
The Foundation certified training program (FCTP) establishes uniform standards for fieldbus educational curriculum around the world, and defines acceptable levels of learning for students of Foundation technology, ensures the availability of thorough, comprehensive and accredited training to the process automation marketplace. Full information about the centres certified under the Fieldbus Foundation's certified training program, and the courses offered, is available from the Education Section